PRESS RELEASE: Sheila Lewallen Named Victim Services Program Manager
Released January 24, 2019
Victim Services Program Manager Sheila Lewallen (DOC Communications)
TUMWATER – Sheila Lewallen has been named as the Victim Services Program Manager by Assistant Secretary for Community Corrections Mac Pevey. She returns to the Victim Services Program after three years with the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience providing services to victims of crime. Lewallen replaces Steve Eckstrom, who is retiring after 16 years as the agency’s Victim Services Program Manager.
“Sheila will be an asset to Victim Services and I am confident she will promote relationships of trust and respect throughout the team and community,” said Pevey.
Lewallen began working with victims in 1979 as the legal advocate for the Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter Program, now named Safeplace, in Olympia. In 1983, she developed the Victim/Witness Program at the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office, where she worked for 21 years.
Lewallen started her career with the Department of Corrections in 2004, where she spent eight years as a community victim liaison for nine counties in the southwest region. In 2014, she moved into a position providing sex offender treatment to those releasing from prison, and since August 2015, she has been the victim liaison to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board.
Lewallen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from St. Martin’s University. She was also an adjunct professor there for 12 years, where she taught Victimology. She completed a six month internship as a domestic violence treatment provider, designed and facilitated a women empowerment group for survivors of domestic violence and served on the Domestic Violence Fatality Review for Thurston County for several years.